The Skeleton Code: A Satirical Guide to Secret Keeping
by Ken Massey and Alla Campanella
Early in life, we learn to exaggerate our positive personal qualities and hide or deny our failures and weaknesses. The Skeleton Code is a satirical and humorous look at the many ways we protect our public personas by closeting our personal secrets, an ultimately self-deluding way of life. As a parody of the self-help success genre, the book presents facetious strategies about how to cover up our silly and scandalous secrets before turning to The Skeleton Cure.”
Ken Massey is a public speaker, author, humorist and minister enjoying the second and truer half of life. He holds two graduate theological degrees and is trained as a life coach, conflict manager and transition specialist. He enjoys golf, and traveling, but finds his greatest fulfillment helping other people discover their true worth as human beings. Ken, a native Texan, loves the beauty and the people of North Carolina, where he and Alla reside.
Alla Campanella, after traveling throughout the world, has lived in the US since 1992. A longtime student of the arts and humanities, she enjoys her work as an artist and photographer. Alla was inspired to write this book because she heard so many personal and painful secrets from her clients about their failures and foibles and wanted them to face these realities rather than hide from them.
Everyone has secrets or skeletons in the closet, some are little and some are quite big. But the thing to remember about skeletons is that everyone loves to hear about them except their own skeletons. So how do we keep those skeletons from creeping out? This book goes into different methods that one could use. With titles such as Dress for Diversion, Take the Offensive, Plausible Deniability, and others you will find the best way to keep your own skeletons locked up tight.
We all have secrets, little or big, that we don’t want getting out. This book talks about different people and things that they have hidden, which I have to say make my little secrets look petty, but I can understand some of them. I had to laugh at all the instructions. I swear this is more what people do in real life to ignore things rattling around in their heads. Some of them are sad but others I had to laugh about.
The first one got me. A husband and wife have been together for 5 years and have come to hate each other. One recommendation was to go to many events together that way you can evade with your other half. Ridiculous right?!
But the last portion of the book is the best. It’s easier to keep secrets when you don’t have any. Kinds of like how my mom used to tell me about shutting the barn door after the horses have escaped. Take care of things from the start and you won’t have to worry about your skeletons creeping out.
This is a good laugh for those that can laugh about the silly things people do.
I received The Skeleton Code from iRead Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.